Uponor has come out with a new way to install hydronic radiant floor piping that should substantially reduce installation time on large commercial projects. The company’s Radiant Rollout mat consists of a custom-designed, prefabricated, pre-pressurized network of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX-a) tubing. It consists of Wirsbo hePEX (oxygen barrier) or Uponor AquaPEX (non-barrier) PEX-a tubing connected with ProPEX engineered plastic (EP) fittings, which are safe for burial in the slab and offer fast onsite customization when necessary.
“Because it’s pre-packaged and pre-pressurized, the Radiant Rollout Mat provides hassle-free commissioning of a radiant heating and cooling system,” says Dan Sullivan, senior product manager, Commercial Radiant Heating and Cooling, at Uponor.
The mat can install about eight times faster than conventional radiant tubing installation methods, says Sullivan. For example, six workers can install 35,000 square feet (16 to 19 mats) per day, as opposed to 4,500 square feet per day using conventional installation methods. As well, the installers will appreciate spending less time on their hands and knees.